Saturday, December 12, 2015

Voyagers Win Over Mililani in Pre-Season Scrimmage

Our varsity boys soccer team beat  Mililani High School on Friday in a scrimmage game. Sophomore Brandon Beydoun's goal, in the last five minutes of the game, broke a halftime stalemate and gave the Voyagers a 2-1 win.

Alae Miike '19, scored the first point.
 Mililani is ranked #1 in the HHSAA Division 1! They were on Kaua‘i last weekend for a four game pre-season series.
Island School goalkeeper Andres Elzaurdia goes up on a one-handed deflection as the Voyager defender pushes off the follow through by Arhur Dowsett in the second half, Friday at Vidinha by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island
Read the article in Saturday's Garden Island.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Order Your Soccer Supporter Shirts

Please use the link to place an order supporter shirts.

Supporter shirts are $20 each and payment will need to be made directly to Island School. All participants will need to submit their order before Friday, Dec. 18. Everyone should have their shirt(s) in time for the second regular season game on January 5th, at 4 pm at Island School.
If there are any questions please contact Sean Magoun or Alice Pajela.

Elementary Students to be Secret Santas

Students picked a name for the elementary Secret Santa gift exchange. Please be on the lookout for the green information sheet in your child’s folder or backpack.

Secret Santa gifts are anonymous. The GIVER should not be written on the package, but the RECIPIENT and his or her grade, should be clearly visible. Gifts should be valued at approximately $5. Santa will distribute them to students on Friday, Dec. 18, during classroom holiday parties.

Please turn gifts in by Tuesday, Dec. 15, to your child's classroom teacher.

If your child will not be in school on Friday, Dec. 18, please inform your chid's teacher.

Hānai a Family for the Holidays

Middle and High School students are "adopting" or "hānai-ing" families from Kaua‘i who could use some help to make their holidays a bit brighter. Families are suggested by Child and Family Services and are being hānai-ed by grade level. Below are descriptions of each family.

Island School 2015 “Hānai a Family” Holiday Giving

Family 1: Senior Class
Mother and daughter (17) high school senior
Could use new clothes and possibly bedding; movie passes would be great, too. Very sweet family but Mother is disabled, daughter helps to take care of mother, while also trying to graduate. Perhaps some beauty treatment, soaps lotions, etc. 

Family 2: Junior Class
Single mother, college student (18) girl; high school boy (16);
Could use food basket, clothes, household items (bedding- sheets/towels/ pillow cases), slippers 

Family 3: Sophomore Class
1 boy sophomore age 15, no permanent family (lives with Aunty) 
Could use clothes, food basket, gift cards for Walmart  or Kmart gift cards for basic hygiene and things. 

Family 4: Seventh Grade Class
1 Grandmother; 1 father- 1 girl high school (16); 1 boy middle school (14); 3 girls 7, 8, 9 
Single parent family.  Father is disabled.  Could use gift cards for clothes and food.  Son enjoys sports and the beach. Grandmother who is a support to father recently had surgery and very ill so unable to help anymore.  

Family 5: Sixth Grade Class
‘Ohana caregiver family. Grandmother raising granddaughter (5), could use gift cards for clothes and food anything would help. Having hard time monthly on small fixed income.

Family 6:  Freshmen Class
‘Ohana caregiver family. Grandmother raising granddaughter (16).  Grandmother is disabled.  Would appreciate gift cards for clothes and food but especially for granddaughter who is in high school.

Family 7: Eighth Grade Class
‘Ohana caregiver family. Grandmother raising grandson (13). Grandmother would appreciate anything especially for her grandson: gift card for food, and new shoes to play sports.

Family 8: Sixth Grade Class
‘Ohana caregiver family. Great grandma with 13 y/o great granddaughter and 12 y/o great grandson. They would really appreciate food basket or gift cards for food and clothing. They make do on very little so anything is greatly appreciated, and never wasted. 

Family 9: Eighth Grade Class
Aunty as a single parent is raising 2 nephews, ages 10 and 6 and has 2 of her own children ages 8 ( boy) and  age 3 (girl).  As a working single parent it would be nice for them to go to the movies and have a dinner at a local restaurant.  The children are active thus some balls and/or games would be appreciated.

Family 10: Seventh Grade Class
Grandmother is raising 4 grandnephews and a grandniece.  Their ages are 10, 2 – 9 year olds, a 7 year old and a 6 year old niece.  Grandaunt has been having health issues.  They would very much appreciate going to the movies and having a meal where she wouldn’t have to cook.  They could also use a gift card to Wal-Mart to pick up household supplies.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Students to See Makaloa Mat at Kaua‘i Museum

Kumu Kauka is making arrangements with Kaua‘i Museum for her elementary classes to see the makaloa mat in their collection. The makaloa mat is the finest mat made in the Pacific. The plant is now quite rare but was recently reintroduced to the Pūʻali Wetlands in Niumalu.

Rosie and Sabra are teaching the students the Oli Mahalo, a chant expressing gratitude. The makaloa mat is mentioned in the first line of that chant. It is a symbol of the highest hospitality.
The trip is planned for grades 3, 4 & 5, for Monday, Dec. 14, and for K, 1 & 2, on Wednesday, Dec. 16,during their normal Hawaiian Studies classes.

Winter Fun with Mr. Dean

Join Mr. Dean for two fun filled winter weeks featuring arts and crafts, holiday reading, science experiments, cooking, photography, indoor and outdoor activities and maybe a water play day. Open to ages 4 through 10.
  • December 21st - December 31st*
  • 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Island School Kindergarten Classroom
  • $350.00 for 2 weeks $180.00 for one week $45.00 daily.
  •  Please bring lunch, afternoon snack and beverages
        (*December 24th is a holiday for the office staff and the driveway gates will remained locked. On that day please park outside the gate and walk in to drop off and pick up. No class on December 25 and January 1.)
To reserve a space, payment must be received by December 21st.
Visit the Island School Front Office for registration and payment.
If you have any questions, email Dean at

Elementary Student Council Announces Food Drive This Week

Please support the food drive. Bring your donations to your child's homeroom class.

PK (not listed above) is asked to join kindergarten in donating breakfast cereals & breakfast bars.

Seven I.S. Students are Winners at Live Out Loud Competition

Maureen Valdez '17, was selected as one of the finalists in the Kaua‘i Writers Conference's Live Out Loud Writing contest, for her story, "Rose Petals." She read her story in front of an audience at Ha Coffee Bar on Saturday evening. "Rose Petals" is the emotional story of  teen suicide.

"I thought I'd be nervous, but I wasn't," she said. Maureen gave credit to Alice April, her acting coach, and to Nicole Street, her English teacher, for giving her confidence. "Mrs. April told me to focus on my character and not on the audience, so I wasn't nervous at all. Ms. Street helped me work on my story and making it better."

Other I.S. winners in the 15-20 age group include Aliana Ho '18, Coleman Jonas '16, Eli Smart '17,Ariana Wilson '16, and Michael Chung '17. Anais Offley '21, was a winner in the 10-14 age category. Aliana and Ariana also read their stories on Saturday. Aliana received a Kaua‘i Writers scholarship!
Way to "Live Out Loud," students!

Do Drop Inn Open During Conferences

DDI will be open for business on SPT days December 10 and 11

At 11:15am on Thursday, Dec. 10th  we will meet at our usual spot, the
benches by the Keiki Bathroom.  Then move to the Frear Center which
will be our classroom till 5:15pm

At 7:40am Friday, Dec. 11th  we'll meet at the Weinberg Gym, stay
there till 11:30am then move to the Frear Center till 5:15pm

Students need to bring lunch on Thursday and morning snack and lunch
on Friday. Afternoon snack will be provided on both days.

Interact Club Partner with Po‘ipu Rotary to Make the Holidays Brighter

Last Wednesday, Island School's Interact Club teamed up with members of  Kaua‘i and Kapa‘a High School and Po‘ipu Rotary to help make the holidays a little brighter for some of Kaua‘i's less fortunate boys and girls. Students met Rotary member, 
​ Michael
  Curtis at Walmart, where they shopped for gifts for children ages 3-16. Funds were provided by Rotary.
Afterwards, they reconvened at Island School where they wrapped the gifts, surrounded by holiday music and pizza!
On Saturday at Waimea Theatre, students helped Santa pass out the gifts to 
​ 105
  children from Nana's House. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and a movie.
Those who participated are:

Daniel Wu 16, Scott Kilcoyne '16, Lauren Oelke '16, Aija Sclafani '17, Becky Stevens '17, Carolyn Price '17, Pualei Pratt '17, Makoa Pratt '17, Michael Chung '17, Andres Elzaurdia '17, Ziko Quintana '16, Laura Macklin '16, Makenna Olson'16, Andy Anderton '17, Allison Summerhays '17, Brianna Griep '16, Sterling Bird '16, Mattea Wortmann '16, Leila Breen '16, Saige Akana '16, Amanda Nguyen '16.




Trimester 1 Honor Rolls Announced

Students on the Honor Roll have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 - 3.32.
Students on the High Honor Roll have earned a GPA of 3.33 - 3.74.
Students on the Head of School List have earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Names are alphabetized by first name:

Gift Wrap Sale Nets over $5000

Monica King has completed the report for this year's Parent Association Gift Wrap sale.

Total income from both paper and online sales was $13,687.76, with a profit of $5,288.82. (40% gross sales is deposited into class fund accounts.)

Breakdown by class (gross/profit):

  • PK:     $1,482.25/577.44
  • Kindergarten: $1,567.00/577.36
  • First: $1,299.75/493.45
  • Second: $1,501.50/580.70
  • Third: $1,509.5/586.90
  • Fourth: $785.00/295.40
  • Fifth: $2,918.50/1,124.06
  • Sixth: $923.50/347.90
  • Seventh: $112.50/43.60
  • Eighth: $442.50/171.10
  • Ninth: $477.00/229.90
  • Tenth: $153.25/54.81
  • Eleventh: did not participate
  • Twelfth: $515.50/206.20
Online sales continue throughout the year. Profits can still be applied to class funds. Go to .

Use School Code 2198281

Children Donate Chicks Instead of Winning Prizes

This year, Island School students selling gift wrap items earned chicks instead of prizes. For every three items sold by one student, Great American Opportunities will donate a chick to families in need around the world. 

Elementary Lego® League Team Wins State Award for Gracious Professionalism

 Over 40 elementary and middle school teams competed last weekend at the Blaisdell Center on O‘ahu. Four Kaua‘i teams represented our division: Island School's middle school team, which were the division grand champions, our elementary team, and teams from King Kaumuli‘i and Kilauea Elementary Schools.

Congratulations to our elementary team, the Robotic Voyagers, for being awarded 1st Place in Core Values for Gracious Professional. Our Middle School team's robot was 22nd in the State! 

The competition has three judging categories: Core Values, The Project, and The Robot. in which the students are required to demonstrate in 15 minutes before multiple judges.  Then the robots compete on the mission mat and the highest scoring team wins that portion of the competition.

Dr. Woodie Flowers FIRST Lego® League distinguished Adviser from MIT, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism," which is part of the ethos of FIRST.  It's a way of doing things that encourages high quality of work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.  Competition and learning go together but everyone is to be treated respectfully and with kindness.  In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

The Robotic Voyagers displayed this type of professionalism for the entire season. (If you remember, we won the district award for Core Values in November.)

Pictured above with 
Coaches Nathaniel Evslin and Sue Macklin: (squatting) Titus Schweitzer, (standing, l-r) Zach Ing, Thatcher Magoun, Julia Schilleci, Savannah Hubbard, Sienna Temme, Kai Spindt, Kilinoe Oliveira, Kala Edwards and Maddison Hubbard.

For the first time, Island School sent a high school team to the event. The high school division is called the FIRST Tech Challenge. There were 18 high school teams competing; our robot came in 15th. "It was learning year for us," said Jeff Kozak. "We wanted to see the event so we could get prepared for next year." Erin Cobb-Adams is the team's coach. Participants included: Eosin Chelius '18, Ian Penner'18, Hannah Whelan '18, Quinn Catlin '19, and Kilikai Ahuna 17.

Many thanks to all the parents for their support!

Classified Ads/Community News: Week of Dec. 7th

Rental Wanted
2bd/ba or similar in Lihuʻe area. Must allow pets. Contact Jason Blake at or 808-652-5210

Guitar Wanted
Looking for a used, but good guitar for a 7th grade girl who would like to learn to play.  Please call or text 652-9449.

Need an Insurance Agent?
Marcus Punia, class of 2013, has joined the family business, Punua Insurance Co., and is taking new clients. Punua Insurance Agency is a full-service independent insurance agency, established in 1972 by Marcus' grandfather, Victor K. Punua, Sr., with a legacy that began here on Kaua‘i 50 years ago, when Victor sold his first life insurance policy in 1960. Contact Marcus at to set up a free and confidential consultation.

Winter Break Soccer Camp

Nutcracker Ballet This Weekend

Poetry Contest - Deadline Dec. 12th

Kaua‘i Sings Christmas

Kaua‘i Youth Football Spring 2016
It's time to sign up for KYF, the only full contact football program on the island. Children in grades 4-8 may apply.
Registation is online at

Winter Break Drama & Dance Training with KUGA
December 21st -31st.
Two separate weeks of intensive training M-Th each week. 
*No classes on Fridays due to holidays.

Week #1 Dec.21-24th     Week #2 Dec.28-31st

Prices for all kids' classes are:
$160/ Any two weeks. Mix and match or stack!
Your child must stay in their age group. 
Choose from:
  • Contemporary & Afro-modern w/ Cristy Jean
  • Improv & Acting w/ Melissa and/or Hip-Hop w/ Andrew
$100/ Single week
5-7 year old Intensive w/ Cristy Jean Bonilla
$100/ single week (both classes) $15 drop-in per class
10am-11am Contemporary Jazz
11am-12noon Afro-Modern
8 years old- Teen Intensive w/ Cristy Jean Bonilla
$100/ single week (both classes) $15 drop-in per class
12:15pm-1:15pm Contemporary Jazz
1:15-2:15pm Afro-Modern
Acting & Improv Intensive 8 years old- Teen w/ Melissa D'anna
$100/ single week (both classes) $15 drop-in per class
2:15pm-3:30pm Improv
3:30pm-4:30pm Acting
We are fortunate to have Melissa with us on Kaua'i this season! This workshop is formed to introduce young aspiring actors to the form of live theater commonly known as improv, this spontaneous and entertaining art form is a critical tool for actors on stage and can even come in handy in real life! This sets the tone for a fun, imaginative and expressive learning atmosphere which will lead into learning fundamentals of acting, from common need to know vocabulary, to how to audition, performance quality and dissecting a scene. This workshop is jam packed and we highly recommend this for performers and want to be performers. Meet Melissa by clicking here
**Space is limited and full enrollments will have priority.

Hip-Hop Music Video Session 8 year old -Teen w/ Andrew Pascual
$100/ single week (Both hours) $15 drop-in per class on the hour.
Kids will learn specific choreography to perform in and around the studio to create their very own music video featuring THEM dancing! Each week will have a different routine. A copy of their music video will be given to each dancer.

-Winter Intensive Adult Schedule-
2 weeks of M,T, W evenings all classes start at 6:45pm
$60/ all 6 classes
$37.50/ single week
$15/ drop in per class
Monday RAGGA dance hall groove and moves intensive w/ Alana
Tuesday Hip-Hop Conditioning and choreo w/ Lila
Wednesday Afro-modern w/ Cristy Jean Bonilla

To register, contact Lila Metzger at  or call 651-4383.

The Physiological Basis of Learning - Register for February Class

Week of Dec. 7th: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

 ♥ ♥ ♥  King family and the Meyers family for their donations to the LRC.

♥ ♥ ♥   Daniel Bicciche for donating a tool set to the maintenance department.  

♥ ♥ ♥   David Vickers of Island Truss for donating an addtional two picnic tables to the High School. 

♥ ♥ ♥   the following generous donors for unrestricted gifts to the Voyager Fund: Anonymous, Colin & Krystal Bedwell, Daniel Bicciche, David & Carla Bissell, David & Lisa Breen, Keyk Capati, Jill Chow, Ron Dias, Ehren & Leah Edwards, Mary Ernsdorf, Joyce Flagg, Suzanne Harding, Kat & Kelvin Ho, Sharon & Wayne Inanod, Bernie Kaeo, Denise Kaufman, Kaipo Kealalio, H. Peter & Kori King, Max King, Lindsay & Greg Kamm, Lee, Megan, & Moana Liddell, Lei & Chris Kurz, Mary Magoun, Olena Molina, Penny Nichols, Keana & Danny Oliveira, Alice Pajela, Elizabeth Scamahorn, Becky Snowden, Nicole Street and Darcie Yukimura,

♥ ♥ ♥   the Leibow 'Ohana for a gift to the Voyager Fund in memory of Leonard Leibow.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following people for their assistance and support with the winter chorus concertL Archie Achuara, Stephanie Achuara, Natasha Arruda, Catherine Barale, Carrie Brennan, Jessica Crowe, Renato DeSouza, Daryl Edwards, Peggy Ellenburg, Nathaniel Evslin, Joyce Flagg, Pat Gegen, Bruce Hogue, Liz Hubbard, Sabra Kauka, Jeff Kozak, Lynda Liese, Keoni Macko, Gaye Miller,Deatri Nakea, Penny Nichols, Cristy Peeren, Jen Pomroy, David Reynolds, Lulu Schilleci, Joan Shaw, Adie Siebring, Becky Snowden, Karen Summerhays, Traci Sullivan, Bill Suttell, Sam Suttell, Summer Suttell, Cindy Wortmann, Natsumi Yamasato.

♥ ♥ ♥   the Cuthbertson family for donating a Christmas tree to the first grade classroom

♥ ♥ ♥  Sam Suttell for her work as Chorus Room Mom for the last three years.

♥ ♥ ♥   the Oliveira family for donating our Slipper Tree.

Menu Change for Tuesday 12/15

Please note that Frito Pie will replace spaghetti on Tuesday's lunch menu!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's Time for the Slipper Tree

Each year, a tree is erected in the elementary courtyard and adorned with brand new rubbah slippahs. The Slipper Tree needs your donations of slippers in all sizes and colors. When school is dismissed for Winter Recess, the slippers will be collected and donated to Nana's House for distribution to needy Kaua‘i families.

Students may bring slippers to the Office or to their homeroom teacher.

We already have a box of slippers to start things off. They were collected at last Friday's middle school Sock Hop. Mahalo for your early donations to the Slipper Tree!

Middle School Basketball Team

Middle School social studies teacher, Charles Woolfork (Mr. W), is coaching a middle school basketball team. They meet after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays and will add Friday practices soon.

8th graders: Josh Graves,  Maka Oliviera, Levy Snowden, Luke Sullivan, Tristan Temme

7th graders: Ka‘iwa Grubbe, Cameron Hubler, Luke Hunadi, Ethan Inanod, Braydon King, Saige Martin-Oldfield, Titus Kanehe, Reagan Wilson, Anakin Zingray

6th graders: Caleb Brown, Josh Dobashi, Assane Sall, Nate Sullivan

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. W at

Senior Update

Sara Graves was accepted at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she was a awarded a Willamette University Scholarship.

Brianna Griep was accepted at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Jordan Macklin was notified that she was awarded a scholarship, along with her acceptance into the nursing program, at University of Portland.

Steve Yannarell was accepted at California State University San Marcos!

Congratulations, Seniors!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Varsity Soccer Plays Mililani on Friday

Varsity Boys soccer is scrimmaging Mililani HS Friday 2:00 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium. Come on out and cheer for the Voyagers!

Here's our team:
Ben Griep
Alae Miike
Andrew King
Aiden Offley
Kai Ramierez
Emi De La Mora
Brandon Beydoun
Ryan Yavinsky
Nico Maione
Kyle Liebow
Reece Valencia
Eris Fani
Michael Chung
Bip Padrnos
Andy Anderton
Tanner Tavares
Makoa Pratt
Keoni Downer
Andres Elzaurdia
Tai Mitchell
Cole Murphy
Ziko Quintana
Josh Miller
Scott Kilcoyne
Steve Yannarell

Trimester 1 Honor Roll Announced

Honor Roll: 3.00-3.32
High Honor Roll: 3.33-3.74
Head of School List: 3.75 or higher
(Names are listed alphabetically, by the student's first name.)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

LRC Decorated with Posters & Trophies for Sports Week

Sports week was lots of fun in the LRC. Some classes drew posters and learned how to use Japanese and Russian languages in their captions. Other classes made sports alphabet posters. Proud students brought in their trophies and medals to decorate the shelves.


This Week --- ARTS AND CRAFTS WEEK: In order to get ready for the holidays, we're going to get crafty and see what we can make during our library time. Donations of materials for making stuff--glitter, buttons, felt, Popsicle sticks, etc. --would be much appreciated.

12/14-12/18--- WINTER HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali--These are just some of holidays that people around the world celebrate. We will be learning about some of these holidays, and students are invited to bring stories, pictures, books, toys, or images of their favorite winter holiday for display in the LRC or just to share with the class.